The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Polio vaccination campaign to be launched in Afghanistan eastern provinces

The United Nations Children’s Fund )UNICEF( says that the polio vaccination campaign is going to be implemented in the east of Afghanistan as the first positive case of this year was registered in Pakistan. According to UNICEF, the campaign will be started next week.  In the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, no positive cases of polio virus have been registered in the year 2023. As the people of the eastern provinces are moving towards Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan, the polio vaccination campaign is implemented there. According to UNICEF, the polio vaccination campaign is implemented in the eastern region of Afghanistan. Based on reports, the first positive case of 2023 has been recorded in Pakistan and this is also considered a threat to Afghan children. The polio vaccination campaign which is going to be started next week on Monday will cover 11,00,000c hildren under five years of age. The campaign will last for four days. Last year, only two positive cases of polio had been recorded in Afghanistan, while, 20 positive cases had been recorded in Pakistan, all of which were in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It is worth mentioning that the country’s ministry of public health has recently launched the third polio vaccination campaign across the country. The campaign has covered 9.4 million children under five across four zones of the country. According to MoPH, since the starting of 2023, no cases of polio have been recorded in the country. He said that in 2022, only 2 positive cases of polio were recorded in Paktika and Kunar provinces, showing a great reduction in cases of polio compared to 56 cases in 2020 and 4 in 2021. There has been report that the World Health Organisation  (WHO) will establish a laboratory for the diagnosis of polio in Afghanistan which it had pledged last year. According to the country’s ministry of public health, the WHO polio official assured that a technical team would pay visit to Afghanistan this month to start initial works for the construction of a polio diagnosis laboratory in the country.  Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.